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8:15 AM ET, July 2, 2013

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Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Rafael Correa not considering Snowden asylum: helping him was a ‘mistake’  —  Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted ‘without authorisation’ and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem  —  Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden's asylum request and never intended to facilitate …
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
REVEALED: Here Are The Countries Where Edward Snowden Has Requested Asylum
Discussion: New York Times and RT
New York Times:
Putin Says Snowden Must Stop Hurting U.S. to Stay in Russia
Department of Homeland Security:
Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act  —  Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:  —  “After last week's decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Support for gay marriage hits high after ruling  —  WASHINGTON — A record majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, a USA TODAY poll finds.  But the high court's rulings that struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act …
Alicia Caldwell / Associated Press:
Feds to Process Same-Sex Immigration Benefits
Discussion: CNN and LGBTQ Nation
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Mark Udall brother missing after hike  —  Sen. Mark Udall's brother, James Udall, is missing after going on a solo hike in Wyoming, the senator's office confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The 61-year-old, who goes by Randy, was trekking in the Wind River Range and was supposed to come out of the mountains last Wednesday but never did.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Ryan Parker / Denver Post:
Brother of Sen. Mark Udall missing after solo hike in Wyoming
Discussion: Gawker and The Hill
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
‘Future lawsuit’: CNN broadcasts George Zimmerman's Social Security number  —  CNN viewers were shocked to see George Zimmerman's personal information, including his Social Security number, broadcast live on TV. … A screenshot of the information shown on CNN, with the confidential information redacted by Twitchy:
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
CNN Accidentally Airs George Zimmerman's Social Security Number
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
What if Hillary Clinton passes on 2016?  —  For Democrats, there is no fallback: It's Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016.  —  With expectations hitting a fever pitch three-and-a-half years out that Clinton is running for president again, every move she makes …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky  —  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), giving Democrats their favored candidate and turning the race one of the 2014 cycle's marquee contests.
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Politico:
Alison Lundergan Grimes challenges Mitch McConnell in Kentucky
Ryan Kierman / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘Planet Will Boil Over’ If Young Africans Are Allowed Cars, Air-Conditioning, Big Houses  —  (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy “the planet will boil over” …
Neal McCluskey / Cato Institute:
6.8 Day Is Here!  —  Washington hasn't passed a new law to avert it, so today's the day that all of higher education has, it seems, been dreading: The day that interest rates on subsidized federal student loans double, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.  —  Hooray?
Discussion: Hot Air
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Fox News:
Student loan rates double after Congress fails on fix
Robby Soave / The Daily Caller:
Yep, student loan rates just doubled
Discussion: Speaker.gov
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry, Meeting With Russian Counterpart, Seeks Syria Talks Soon  —  BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the United States and Russia are still working toward holding an international peace conference on Syria and agreed that it should take place “sooner rather than later.”
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Two presidents who spent much of their time in office fighting terror stood solemnly next to each other Tuesday morning as a United States marine placed a wreath to mark the memory of those killed here by a terrorist bomb 15 years ago.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Immigration deal would boost defense manufacturers  —  The border security plan the Senate approved last week includes unusual language mandating the purchase of specific models of helicopters and radar equipment for deployment along the U.S.-Mexican border, providing a potential windfall worth tens …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Los Angeles Times:
Obama urges ‘restraint’ in Egypt  —  President Obama, left, addresses a news conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam.  (Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images / July 1, 2013)  —  DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - President Obama said Monday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Former Rep. Bill Gray, first black Majority Whip, dead at 71  —  Former Rep. William H. Gray (D-Pa.), the first African-American to chair the House Budget Committee and the first to serve as Majority Whip, passed away Monday in London.  He was 71 years old.
Discussion: Associated Press
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Clinton tops Bush, Rubio among Hispanic voters for 2016  —  A new poll of likely Hispanic voters in the 2016 presidential election shows strong support for the two candidates seen as potential Democratic nominees: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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BBC:
Catholic priest beheaded in Syria monastery attack
Discussion: Guardian
Slate:
What's Left?  —  Have progressives abandoned every cause save gay marriage?
Esther Yu-Hsi Lee / ThinkProgress:
As Of Today, California No Longer Has A White Majority
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
If only Kermit Gosnell had worn pink sneakers like Wendy Davis
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
A t-shirt for Texans  —  (CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia.
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Elliott / Politico:
Mark Kelly: Consequences for gun inaction
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Takes On ‘Amnesty’ Opponents: ‘Do They Want Us To Put Illegals In Concentration Camps?’
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog:
Russia's Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands
Discussion: Guardian
The Atlantic Online:
How North Carolina Became the Wisconsin of 2013
Discussion: @NCCapitol and National Review
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
CUNY is Paying David Petraeus $200,000 to Work Three Hours a Week
Vivian Norris / The Huffington Post:
Texas Women: Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Weasel Zippers
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Misinformation on classified NSA programs includes statements by senior U.S. officials
 

 
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Katherine Maher / NPR:
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
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